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MCA Annual Conference 

Trauma-Informed Counseling in an Unequal World: Healing Through Social Justice

May 17, 2024 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM | Virtual

Join counselors and mental health professionals across Michigan for our annual conference. Together we will network and learn from one another. Through keynote and breakout sessions, we will increase our knowledge and professional skills. Our conference theme will focus on trauma-informed techniques and their role in addressing the impact of social injustices and promoting healing within marginalized communities.

Welcome and Announcements | 9:00-9:15 AM

Keynote Session | 9:15-10:15 AM

Standing on Business: Abolitionist Counseling | LaShawn Adams, Doctoral Candidate, LAC, NCC

Breakout Session | 10:30-11:30 AM

Workplace Mistreatment By Gender and Race: Best Practices for Counselors | Stephanie Burns, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Prolonged Grief Disorder in African Americans and Grief Models That Support their Exploration of Grief and Healing | Jennifer Matthews, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS & Faith Lee, B.A.

Becoming a Socially Responsible Provider | Charan Bashir, M.A., LPC & Tateanna Foster, LMSW

Survival of the unfittest: Trauma Experience Among African Refugees Living in the United States | Reuben Mwangi, PhD, LPC

Lunch Break & Networking | 11:30-12:15 PM

Breakout Session | 12:15-1:15 PM

Implicit Bias | Mary Thomas, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS & Kristina Marshall, JD

Adulting is Hard When You’re a Kid; Recognizing and Eradicating Adultification | Destinee Smith, MA, LCPC (MD), LPC (DC), NCC, C-DBT

Rest During Chaos | LaShonda Fuller, Ph.D., LPC, NCC & Jazmine Martin, B.S.

Cultivating Resilient Leaders: A Trauma-Informed Approach | Demarra West, M.A., LPC

Breakout Session | 1:30-2:30 PM

Snapshots of Mourning: Using Photography to Process Traumatic Loss | Kailey Bradley, MA, LPCC-S, NCC, FT & Brad Imhoff, Phd, LPC

Providing Trauma and Culturally Informed Care when Counseling LGBTQ+ Clients | Nikki Adams, QMHP, Mental Health Intern, CADC I Intern & Edward Ewe, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS

Navigating incel identities and violence in counseling | Quentin Hunter, PhD, LPC, NCC & Johnathan Platt, EMU Grad Student

Learn EFT Tapping for Self-Regulation and Trauma Work | Tijana Coso, M.A., Master EFT, Trauma EFT

    Keynote Session | 2:45-3:45 PM

    Healing wounds from our harmful past and creating pathways to an equitable future | Lotes Nelson, Ph.D., LCMHC-S, ASC, NCC

    Wrap Up and Giveaways | 3:45-4:15 PM

    5 CEUs Available - The MCA is NBCC ACEP Provider No. 2023.

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